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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-1-AK.pngAddisen Knetzer, a senior public accounting major from Houston, Pennsylvania, was recently awarded the Outstanding Accounting Student Achievement Award by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

The award was presented to three students and included a $2,000 scholarship. Twenty-eight students from 11 different institutions in the Pittsburgh region applied.

“I am truly thankful to have received this award,” said Knetzer. “I find so much value in scholarships like this because I’ve given back to my community, and I know the significance of helping those in need.”

Knetzer learned of the scholarship through Jayne Olshanski, assistant professor of accounting at Waynesburg University. The application required a 500-word essay about the importance of internal auditors and the applicants desire to become one.

In her essay, Knetzer wrote, “I recognize the importance of giving aid to the community because this is how people grow and become successful. Nobody should have to kick their aspirations down the line because they can’t afford the tools to reach them.”

Reflecting on the award and her time at Waynesburg, Knetzer not only acknowledges the level of education she has received, but also the experiences she has had.

“I’ve learned about my profession in numerous classes, but learning to conceptualize and critically think is more important than learning a basic fact,” said Knetzer. “I will continue to learn after I leave Waynesburg, but it is the unique professional, athletic and social experiences that I can’t replace.”

Upon graduation in the spring, Knetzer will begin an internship as a member of the audit team at Holsinger, P.C., a certified public accounting firm in Pittsburgh.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-26-CIA-Dujmovic.jpgThis week, Waynesburg University offers unique opportunities for students to learn more about careers with the CIA.

Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Administration Program hosted Dr. Nicholas Dujmovic, a former intelligence officer for the CIA, Monday, Feb. 26.

Dr. Dujmovic, who currently serves as visiting assistant professor of politics and director of the Intelligence Studies Program at The Catholic University of America, spoke to students in specific criminal justice courses and addressed more than 100 students in an evening lecture.

“Dr. Dujmovic’s impressive service, career work and historical knowledge of the CIA’s casework and intelligence gathering is invaluable information to introduce to our criminal justice students,” said James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and director of security operations and emergency management. “It was particularly beneficial for our students who have an interest in intelligence gathering and analysis, counter-terrorism or homeland security.”

While employed at the CIA, Dr. Dujmovic was a speechwriter for the director of central intelligence, editor of the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) and manager of analysts working on Southeast Asian issues.

Additionally, he was a member of the CIA history staff, where he served on the editorial board of the Journal Studies in Intelligence and directed the Oral History program. Much of his historical work with the CIA was classified, but his unclassified work on agency operations, culture and historiography has appeared in various books and journals.

“Dr. Dujmovic provided Waynesburg’s criminal justice students with a unique perspective and valuable insight as a highly trained expert into a secretive U.S. Intelligence Agency that most people do not have access to,” said Tanda.

Dr. Dujmovic’s visit will be followed by a March 1 on-campus recruitment event with representatives from the CIA. The event will offer students an information question and answer session and networking sessions with CIA officers. Separate one-on-one sessions will be held for pre-selected students.

In addition to Waynesburg University, students from Bethany College, Carlow University, Chatham University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Geneva College, Grove City College, La Roche College, Penn State Fayette, Robert Morris University, Seton Hill University, Saint Vincent College, Washington & Jefferson College, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Westminster College, will attend the event.

Waynesburg criminal justice administration majors have a history of earning a number of posts with federal agencies. Recent graduates have been employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, United States Secret Service and United States Customs and Border Patrol.

“Our criminal justice program continues to expand its curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level to include high-level intelligence courses which expose our students to twenty-first century national security challenges and careers in the federal government,” added Tanda.

For the second consecutive year, Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Administration Program was nationally recognized as a best value in the 2018 College Factual “Best Colleges Nationwide” rankings published by USA Today. The program placed in the top 5 percent, ranking No. 12 out of 382 similar school programs in the nation and No. 1 in the state of Pennsylvania.

To learn more about Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Administration Program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/cja.

For more information about the recruitment event, contact Marie Coffman at 724-852-3399 or mcoffman@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-23-TWC.pngWaynesburg University students will soon have the opportunity to complete a one-semester internship in Washington, D.C., through a partnership agreement with The Washington Center effective the 2018-19 academic year.

“Waynesburg University is thrilled to partner with a program that aims to help students solidify career goals while they complete an internship in Washington, D.C.,” said Sarah Bell, academic communications coordinator. “The Washington Center Academic Internship Program gives students an opportunity to form personal and professional connections while expanding global literacy and critical thinking skills. This program provides one more opportunity for Waynesburg students to learn and grow.”

The Washington Center serves as a bridge between higher education and professional careers while providing dynamic, experiential learning opportunities to empower and motivate young people to become engaged global citizens.

The Center is responsible for offering immersive internships and academic seminars to students from hundreds of higher education institutions across the United States and from more than 25 countries.

To be eligible, Waynesburg University students must have completed two semesters and have a cumulative grade point average no lower than 2.75.

Students will receive credit through Waynesburg University for participation in the program.

The priority application deadline is April 18 for the fall 2018 semester and Oct. 17 for the spring 2019 semester.

Interested students should contact Bell, in the Office of Academic Affairs, at sbell@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-7790, for specific application information and requirements.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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During spring break, 54 Waynesburg University students will be participating in service trips across the country and abroad. Led by University faculty and staff members, students will serve in Antietam, Maryland; Concord, North Carolina; Nassau, Bahamas; Brooksville, Florida; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Antietam National Battlefield Park – Antietam, Maryland

Eight students will travel to Antietam, Maryland, with Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, and Courtney Dennis, associate director of the Paul R. Steward Museum.

During the trip, students will help maintain the Antietam National Battlefield Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Habitat for Humanity – Concord, North Carolina

Led by Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Erin Kern, graduate assistant for student activities, nine students will travel to North Carolina to serve Habitat for Humanity.

This is the eighth year Waynesburg University students are returning to Concord. During the trip, students will work with a single family to help build their new home: framing the house, roofing, installing windows and more.

Downtown Pittsburgh Project, World Vision, National Aviary – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Eighteen students will be serving the Pittsburgh community during spring break, working with organizations including the Downtown Pittsburgh Project, World Vision and the National Aviary.

Led by Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program, this trip is designed specifically for first-year Bonner Scholars at Waynesburg University.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation – Brooksville, Florida

Seven students will be serving with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation during spring break. Led by Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, and Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, students will help restore hiking trails, remove invasive species and maintain state parks and wildlife.

Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene – Nassau, Bahamas

During spring break, 12 students will be travelling to Nassau, Bahamas, for international service. Led by Dr. Terri Small, professor of nursing, and Lina Hixson, interim director of the RN/BSN Program and assistant professor of nursing, students will provide health services to patients in the area.

The group will set up a health clinic in the church, assess patients and distribute medications to Haitian refugees without access to healthcare.

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, at 724-852-3461.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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During spring break, seven students will be serving with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation in Brooksville, Florida. Led by Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, and Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, the group will leave Sunday, March 4, and return Saturday, March 10.

According to Sethman, students will help restore a hiking trail at Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area and remove different invasive species from the area. They will also serve at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and perform maintenance at Lakewood Christian Retreat Center.

“This will benefit students by giving them a hands-on experience working with various agencies on environmental projects that impact local Florida ecosystems,” said Sethman. “Many students have never been exposed to the unique types of habitats that we will encounter and the trip will be a great ecological learning experience.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Jessica Carter, junior marine biology major from Wind Ridge, Pennsylvania (Cameron High School)
  • Theodore Clayton, junior biology major from Greensburg, Pennsylvania (Greensburg-Salem High School)
  • Colleen Cook, freshman nursing major from Arcadia, California (Arcadia High School)
  • Micaela Danley, freshman business management major from Ellsworth, Pennsylvania (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Sara Hlatky, senior biology major from Dilliner, Pennsylvania (Mapletown Junior-Senior High School)
  • Ariana Human-McKinnon, freshman biochemistry major from Jerome, Idaho (Canyon Ridge High School)
  • Whitney Rogers, sophomore criminal justice administration major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Bentworth Senior High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, at 724-852-3461.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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